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Quick Facts on Kobe

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 494
Simple meaning:
Supporters of the Ikuta Shrine; God’s door

Characteristics of Kobe

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kobe

The name Kobe comes from a city in Japan notable for the origin of Kobe beef. Currently the fifth largest city n Japan and situated on the southern point of the island, the founding dates back to the building of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingū in AD 201 making it one of the oldest shrines in the country. The city which was eventually built up around it (Kobe) comes from the Japanese "kanbe" (神戸) which was an ancient title for supporters of the Shinto shrine. Kobe is also said to consist of two kanji "Ko" (meaning ‘god’) and "Be" (meaning ‘door’) which may also fit since the city of Kobe was built around a shrime which opened the doors to Japanese gods. The usage of Kobe as a masculine given name in the United States is all thanks to two individuals: Joe “Jellybean” and Pamela Bryant, the parents of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who named their son after Kobe beef they saw on a restaurant menu. However, it was Kobe’s talent as a basketball player that made him a household name and brought the name Kobe to prominence.

Popularity of the Name Kobe

Kobe first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts in 1997. Kobe Bryant was only 17 when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996 and was immediately thrust into the public eye. In 1997 he was the youngest player ever to win the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Not surprisingly, the name Kobe debuted on the naming charts at an impressive position of #553 (this is pretty high for a first-time name). Immediately the name ascended up the charts. Within five years, Kobe was the 222nd most popular boy’s name in America. On a relative basis, that’s pretty amazing. People were clearly responding to this superstar kid on the courts and honoring his good looks and basketball skill by naming their sons after him. Not surprisingly, the name did show substantial backwards momentum subsequent to the scandalous rape accusation made by a woman in Colorado in the summer of 2003 and the media circus that was soon to follow. Now the name Kobe has settled on lower-moderate usage. Still, it’s always interesting when one person has the power to single-handedly influence a name’s usage in the United States. Don’t underestimate the power of pop-culture influences on American society. Nevertheless, we have to agree that Kobe is a distinctive and cool sounding name. Naming your child after a superstar, however, is not so unique.
Popularity of the Boy Name Kobe
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kobe

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kobe

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kobe

    Kobe We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kobe.

  • Popular Songs on Kobe

    Popular Songs on Kobe

    Kobe - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kobe.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kobe

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kobe

    On the Court with Kobe Bryant (Matt Christopher) - Kobe Bryant may be one of the youngest basketball players in the NBA, but no one would dare call him inexperienced. The son of Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, a former NBA player and star of various European teams, Kobe spent his childhood watching professional basketball. From the moment he could pick up a ball, he was learning to dribble and shoot. His basketball education was unique - a combination of lessons on basic fundamentals, one-on-one games against his dad, and keen observation and analysis of the world's best players. Kobe learned his lessons well, and at age eighteen was given the chance to prove it when he was drafted into the NBA. Fresh out of high school, Kobe showed that he had the talent and the heart to make it in the pros. This exciting biography traces Bryant's life from childhood to his part in the Lakers' 2000 NBA championship. For more information on the Matt Christopher Sports Bio Bookshelf, please turn to the last pages of this book. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Kobe

    Famous People Named Kobe

    Famous People Named Kobe - Kobe Bryant (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kobe

    Children of Famous People Named Kobe

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Kobe - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Kobe.

  • Historic Figures

    Kobe - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kobe Bryant (23 Aug 1978 – Present) - Kobe Bean Bryant is a pro basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant was an early stand-out player and already recognized for his talent by high school (considered a one of the best high school players in the nation). As a result, Kobe bypassed college and went straight into the NBA drafted as the 13th overall pick in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets then traded to the Lakers. As a rookie, Kobe immediately became a fan favorite. He was young (barely 18), confident, good-looking and a high-flying slam dunker. Bryant quickly demonstrated his leadership during the seasons 2000-2002 when he and Shaq led the team to three consecutive NBA Championship titles. He then went onto lead the NBA in scoring during the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons, and at one point in 2006 scored an 81-point game (his career high). Only Wilt Chamberlain has him beat with his 1962 100-point game. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In other words, Kobe Bryant has a mutual admiration society going on with that hoop and basket. He has too many records and accolades in the game of basketball to even recite herein. Suffice it to say that Kobe Bryant will end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame. His personal reputation took a huge beating after being accused of rape, a charge dropped when his accuser refused to testify. A civil suit was later settled out of court.

Personality of the Boy Name Kobe

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kobe

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